Sunday 19 November 2017

Call me cynical, but patronising notion of Mother's Day is an insult to us all

'It's been going on for weeks now, the department store displays of suggested gifts for the person who brought you into the world, the newspaper inserts reminding you to buy her an oversized bouquet of lilies (if you're feeling flush) or carnations (if you're on a budget)'
'It's been going on for weeks now, the department store displays of suggested gifts for the person who brought you into the world, the newspaper inserts reminding you to buy her an oversized bouquet of lilies (if you're feeling flush) or carnations (if you're on a budget)'

Catherine O'Mahony

Surely I am not the only person who is suspicious of Mother's Day? It's been going on for weeks now, the department store displays of suggested gifts for the person who brought you into the world, the newspaper inserts reminding you to buy her an oversized bouquet of lilies (if you're feeling flush) or carnations (if you're on a budget).

Other commonly suggested gifts - a hair straightener (because which woman does not dream of being gifted a grooming gadget with a plug attached); a large box of chocolates (which she will feel compelled to consume, though she'd been trying - really hard - to avoid sugar temptation for months now); some class of leatherette wallet or bag (which she will feel compelled to decant her stuff into, though she has a perfectly nice leather one already); 12 Mother's Day-themed cupcakes (see chocolates for response); a monstrous iced cake (ditto).

On eBay you can buy virtually anything and call it a Mother's Day gift - mugs, teddies, keyrings, wine glasses, door wreaths, gloves, hats, fascinators. You name it and it has a ribbon and a Happy Mother's Day tag on it. For €115 (plus postage) you can name a star for your mother and buy her a crystal star necklace to boot.

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